When you are looking to study in New Zealand, the first place that you have to start (even before you can get a visa) is by applying to the universities that you want to attend.
You want to start applying early, because the academic year in New Zealand lasts from February straight through to November, with a four week break in June and July.
Most people enter university in February and July, and most universities start accepting applications in the August prior to the school year you are applying for.
Obviously, the application process is going to be different, depending on which school you are attending. This section is just going to explain some of the application process according to most New Zealand schools. Your experience will vary depending on your school, and you will be able to get more information from the appropriate departments at your school.
New Zealand has embraced the technology age, as have many of the schools that are there. The best part about this is that you don’t have to be concerned about international shipping fees for your education. Most schools allow for you to send your application through the university website or through email, but you can, of course, send your application through traditional air mail as well.
The traditional application process has a number of requirements that you have to meet, many of them coinciding with the visa requirements that you will have to meet as well.
Here are some of the requirements that you will see, and you will have to send paperwork for them when you apply for the school:
- A personal statement of intent. Why do you want to attend university in New Zealand instead of your home country? What do you plan to do upon completing your program?
- All of your transcripts from secondary school, including any university courses that you may have taken during secondary schooling or at the school you were attending before transferring to a university in New Zealand.
- Any relevant test scores. ACT or SAT are most common, other scores are accepted, depending on the country that you are coming from.
- Proof of funding, or intent to apply for funding for your tuition. The financial aid office at the university you are seeking to attend and the immigration department of New Zealand can help you with these requirements.
- If you are transferring from a university and have taken a year worth of credits (30), you likely will not need anything from your secondary schooling in order to apply. This will differ depending on your school.
- Most universities require some sort of application fee that you pay when you submit your application. These run anywhere from NZ$25 to NZ$50, depending on which school you are looking to attend. Sometimes, you can get a waiver on your fees (especially if you are sending your application via air mail, which can be pricey).
- Your financial aid applications. You may be able to fill one out through the country that you currently reside in, depending on their rules and that country’s relationship with New Zealand in terms of educational programs. There are actually a number of countries that work with New Zealand and each other in order to help fund education for students that may be traveling between those countries in order to study.
If you need more information about the application process, contact the admissions office and/or the international studies office at your university.
They will be able to help you through the processes that you need to go through in order to attend the university that you want to attend, and can answer any questions that you may have about the entire process.